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Honda Civic Engine Air Filter Replacement Guide
How to clean or change the engine air filter in a 9th generation 2012-2015 Honda Civic with the R18Z1 1.8L motor.

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2013 Civic Engine Air Box
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Flip Down Metal Latch
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Metal Latch Released

This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the ninth generation (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and maybe also the 2016) Honda Civic in cleaning or changing the engine air filter element in the R18Z1 1.8 liter inline four cylinder motor.

Owners of other Honda or Acura vehicles such as the Accord, Crosstour, CR-V, CR-Z, Fit, Insight, Odyssey, Pilot, Ridgeline, ILX, TSX, TLX, TL, RLX, RDX and MDX may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

A few compatible replacement engine air filters with their part numbers include the following: Honda # 17220-R1A-A01, Fram CA11113, K&N 33-2468, Wix 49065, Beck Arnley 042-1825, PT Auto Warehouse AF11113, Ecogard XA6171, Mahle LX3444 and Hastings AF1481.

No tools are needed to replace the filter. A wet/dry shop vacuum may be useful for cleaning the existing element.

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Release Left Side Latch
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Release 2nd Let Side Latch
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Lift Up Air Box Cover
The engine air box is located at the right rear area of the engine bay next to the fuse box.

The top half of the air box is held in place by three metal latches.

Flip down the metal latch on the right (driver) side off the top half of the air box to release it.

Then pull off the two metal latches on the left (passenger) side of the air box.

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Slide Out Old Air Filter
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Old Filter Removed
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Filter After 15,000 Miles
Lift the top half of the air box and pull out the remove the old air filter.
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Clean Out Bottom Half
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Inspect Both Sides
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Clean With Vacuum



 

Inspect both sides of the old filter.

If the old filter is relatively clean, just tap out the large debris and remove any fine dust with a vacuum.

If the old filter is dark grey or black and clogged with dirt, dust, leaves, insects, twigs, pollen and hair, it should be replaced with a new element.

I'd recommend buying the genuine Honda # 17220-R1A-A01 engine air filter since it has the best reviews on Amazon.

If you'd rather have a re-usable filter, go for the K&N 33-2468 which can be used for the life time of the car. You will have to wash it and re-oil the filter every 50,000 miles.

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Line Up New Filter
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Install Filter In To Air Box
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Close Top Half of Air Box
Install the new filter in to the bottom half of the air box.

Lower the top half of the air box over the bottom half.

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Flip Up Metal Latches
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Secure 3rd Metal Latch
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New Engine Filter Installed
Flip up the three metal latches and secure them in place over the top half of the air box.

For more, check out my other 2012-2015 Honda Civic DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.
 

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